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18th Street Arts Center Reopening Information (Updated June 15, 2021)
With the new LA County reopening protocols, 18th Street Arts Center will now welcome walk-in visitors to view exhibitions at our Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica). Though we still encourage you to make an appointment for ease and convenience, it is no long required.
The Airport Campus galleries are open
Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday hours from 12-5 PM will begin on July 31.
Olympic Campus (1639 18th Street) hours are Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM.

Make an appointment here - just select the exhibition you are interested in.

Please note that all visitors to 18SAC's campus must still wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in order to protect members of our artist community that live and work in the space. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

To explore our current and recent exhibitions online, please visit https://18thstreet.org/exhibitions/ to view 360 virtual tours, recorded virtual talks, images, and catalogue essays. We also have a full schedule of virtual programs, including art workshops, artist talks, and conversations. Register or learn more at: https://18thstreet.org/events-calendar/

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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Market Exchange | Pico Pop-Up

June 4, 2021 - September 30, 2021

Manos a la Obra An installation of Market Exchange, a project by Cog•nate Collective Featuring Ines Garcia, Carmela Morales, Laura Hernandez, Lily Alinaghizadeh, and Abby Juan Part of the exhibition Un Mundo Nuevo en Pico Pico Pop-Up | 2917 Pico…

Maj Hasager and the Quinn Research Center. "Three Structures Touching," 2021. Installation view at 18th Street Arts Center's Airport Campus Propeller Gallery. July 26 - September 25, 2021. Photo by Marc Walker.

Maj Hasager & Quinn Research Center | Three Structures Touching

July 26, 2021 - October 2, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present Three Structures Touching, an exhibition of new works by artist Maj Hasager born out of her years-long collaboration with the Quinn Research Center, on view at 18th Street’s Propeller Gallery from July…

M Susan Broussard, US History (forgotten), 2020. Oil on Canvas with mixed media. 48” x 48”. Courtesy of the artist.

Our Stories: Revisit the Past & Reimagine Our Future

August 2, 2021 - January 15, 2022

Co-curated by Joey Tong and Krystal M. Ramirez for the Hop Space Communities are like a collage, consisting of a variety of identities, desires, and interpersonal relationships. Each fragment contains a distinct story, but together they compose a greater narrative…

Jennifer Chia-ling Ho (何珈寧), Check the Box, 2021. Plaster, papier mache, mesh wire, file cabinet, charcoal, pencil, hanging organizer file folder. 11 x 7 x 3 feet. Courtesy of the artist.

Jennifer Chia-ling Ho | How are you?

August 16, 2021 - September 24, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based, Taiwan-born artist Jennifer Chia-ling Ho (何珈寧), on view in the Atrium Gallery at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica (Blue Building) from August 16 - September…

Imagining Futures / Fall 2021 / Three Part Workshop

September 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 18, 1-5PM RUPTURE AS A CHARACTER Saturday, October 23, 1-5PM CULTIVATING RESILIENCE Saturday, November 13, 1-5PM WORLD BUILDING: IMAGINING THE FUTURE 18th Street Arts Center's Olympic Campus 1639 18th Street Santa Monica, CA, 90404 BY APPLICATION ONLY "Imagining…

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: “Transform and Translate” with Trevor Amery

September 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trevor Amery Transform and Translate Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11 AM- 12 PM For this workshop we will be building drawings from the everyday world around us! We will discover the surfaces and objects that make up our environment,…

Imagining Futures / Fall 2021 / Three Part Workshop

October 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 18, 1-5PM RUPTURE AS A CHARACTER Saturday, October 23, 1-5PM CULTIVATING RESILIENCE Saturday, November 13, 1-5PM WORLD BUILDING: IMAGINING THE FUTURE 18th Street Arts Center's Olympic Campus 1639 18th Street Santa Monica, CA, 90404 BY APPLICATION ONLY "Imagining…

Cognate Collective, Manos a la Obra, installed at the Pico Pop-Up, 2021.

Cog•nate Collective | Manos a la Obra

October 25, 2021 - February 5, 2022

​​Manos a la Obra gathers projects created in long-standing and speculative public marketplaces in the Tijuana-Los Angeles transborder region, continuing Cog•nate Collective’s interest in documenting transnational economic and cultural networks of exchange at the scale of the local. In this…

Antonio José Guzmán, Biografica | Electric Dub Station Trilogy, 2020. Performance. Flevopark Amsterdam. Courtesy of the artist.

Weaving Unity

November 1, 2021 - February 5, 2022

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition Weaving Unity featuring the work of Bárbara Santos, Claudia Concha, Ni'Ja Whitson, Enid Baxter Ryce, and Antonio José Guzmán, on view in the Slipstream Galleries and the Glider Wall at…

Pau S. Pescador, The Founding of Los Angeles (2018)

18th Street Arts Center’s 2021 Virtual Gala

November 6, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

18th Street Art Center’s 2021 Virtual Gala An evening honoring essential arts workers evolving wellbeing, culture, and community life in LA Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 5-6 PM ONLINE Join us and our host, musician Shirazette Tinnin, in uplifting and…

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